The All Progressives Congress members of the senate have removed Ali Ndume as their leader.
The development was conveyed by Senate President Bukola Saraki who read a letter he claimed was sent to him by the caucus.
The caucus elected to replace Ndume with Ahmed Lawan, the letter read by Saraki said.
Addressing journalists after the Senate’s plenary; Ndume said the decision of the caucus to remove him as leader shocked him.
He said he was oblivious of what led to the decision or where the meeting was held to remove him.
Ndume’s predicament might be connected with the rejection by the Senate of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).
Ndume had claimed the senate did not reject the official, prompting a counter reaction by senate spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi.
It is believed that Ndume, who hails from Borno State, like Magu, is being punished for disagreeing with the senate over the way the nomination of the acting chairman of EFCC was handled by the upper legislative house.
It would be recalled that Lawan was penciled in as senate president in 2015 but he lost the position to Saraki due to deft maneuvering adopted by the latter’s camp.
Lawan had promised that if elected, he would pursue the merger of government agencies and other means of cutting cost of governance in Nigeria.
Outlining some of the issues he would focus on if elected, Lawan, who, like Ndume comes from the north-east, said his emergence would give the north-east region a sense of belonging after years on insurgency.
It is believed that his appointment as senate majority leader is meant to calm frayed nerves in the camp of the national leader of APC, Bola Tinubu that sponsored Lawan.